Meizu's new 'Super mCharge' tech will fully juice up your phone in just 20 minutes


Meizu, a Chinese company making stylish and affordable phones sold mostly in Asia, has just lifted the cover off its new 'Super mCharge' fast-charging technology that will allow topping up batteries on future phones in just 20 minutes.

Currently, even the fastest-charging phones take around an hour and a half to get their batteries fully recharged: the Galaxy S7 takes 1 hour and 28 minutes, the OnePlus 3T is a bit faster with its Dash Charge at 1 hour and 25 minutes, while the Google Pixel is slower at 2 hours, while the iPhone 7 takes an excruciatingly long 2 hours and 21 minutes. Meizu's new technology would certainly be a huge improvement over current tech.

So how would Meizu pull this off? The company says it has developed an "upgraded data cable" and couple with clever circuitry in the charger itself and on the phone, it is able to deliver a 11V/5A electrical current, for a total power of the impressive 55 watts. The upgraded cable itself is able to support charges of up to 160 watts. Meizu clarifies that its new Super mCharge tech uses "two groups of conversion circuits to directly output half of the voltage."

But wouldn't this destroy the battery of a phone much faster than a regular charge? Meizu actually did extensive testing and found that it does not: a 3,000 mAh battery will keep more than 80% of its original capacity after 800 charge cycles, pretty much on par with the longevity of battery packs exposed to current charging speeds.

Unfortunately, Meizu does not say when an actual device with the new technology is coming to market. Our conservative guess is that it would be years rather than months, but let's hope for the best. We'd rather have this new technology properly tested rather than exposing consumers to the dangers of exploding batteries.


source: Meizu

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9 Comments

1. AronWunarso

Posts: 245; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

160 W? Wow.

2. torr310

Posts: 1705; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

What I have known in the past is speeding up the charge time would shorten the life of the batteries. I am not sure if my knowledge is still up to date.

4. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

The battery life improvisation was long due to the smartphone community But i wonder when will it really make it to the public Like im talking about the super vooc tech by oppo that would take the charge time to around 15 mins only! And that was announced more than a year ago Oppo was again found displaying the same tech at this mwc but i really wanna know when will be commercially availabe

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

the only problem with meizu is they keep using mediatek's processor :-(

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Meizu also uses Snapdragon and Exynos SoCs.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wait.... Meizu uses SnapDragons again? Haven't seen that since the MX2.

7. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

20 seconds with a swappable battery > 20 minutes otherwise.

12. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Still an additional battery to worry about charging.

10. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

great !! I hope it will be available soon in many devices not only in Meizu Devices's

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